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BP oil tar balls
BP sounds the all clear, claiming Gulf of Mexico cleanup complete. Yet BP oil washes ashore each and every day nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. This image from a Pensacola newspaper in late February 2014.

Why anyone (ahem, hello 5th Circuit Judges, SCOTUS) would believe a word BP says is beyond me. I have written extensively on the company’s uncanny ability to say one thing while doing the polar opposite. If any party deserves the benefit of the doubt in this sad courtroom saga it is most certainly not British Petroleum and its cadre of lawyers and media spin masters.

The latest evidence of BP’s waning veracity came on Tuesday when the company announced the end of its “active response” by shouting from the mountaintops that the Gulf of Mexico was all cleaned up. Case closed. Thanks for coming. Move along now, nothing to see here.

Not so fast said a flabbergasted United States Coast Guard Captain Thomas Sparks. Upon learning of BP’s self-congratulatory press release on the matter, Capt. Sparks had this to say:

“I was really disappointed and I was shocked when I read some of the stuff in the press yesterday evening. I had significant problems with some of the facts, a lot of the language, but most of all the overall tone and theme of the responsible party [BP] press release. I found it to be very misleading. We are a long, long way from the response being complete, going back to operations as normal, or resuming business as usual. I don’t view this as the time, just days away from the fourth anniversary, this is not a time for chest thumping. This is a time for reflection on the 11 men who died on that rig. Let me be absolutely clear, this response is not over. Not by a long shot.”

If you believe that statement by the USCG will have any impact on BP’s unbounded hubris, I have a bridge across Lake Pontchartrain you may be interested in.


  1. Gravatar for Don French

    Once again...kudos to Tom Young for calling BP out on another attempt to fool the public with media manipulations and distortions (read : lies). But I am beginning to wonder why Mr.Young has become the primary voice of the outraged claimants. Please PSC members, how about some help for Mr. Young and the plaintiffs?

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